Eleven years ago, Pennsylvania mom Brenda Heist went missing. She dropped her kids off at school and was ultimately presumed dead. Surprising everyone, she showed up in Florida in April, telling a maddening tale of hitchhiking and living a secret life under an assumed identity. She simply ran off on a whim. Sadly, she's not the first mom to ditch her family and run. Here's a look at some of the world's most publicized runaway moms.
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